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Friday With Wally

A couple weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours with Wally Hamm, the founder of Pro-Cert Organic Systems.  He was everything and nothing like I expected.  I had expected Pro-Cert to have some big fancy downtown office, but they are just the opposite.  Their offices are just outside the city, surrounded by farmland.  There’s a few older buildings dispersed around with snow packed trails connecting them, and a run-down looking old house with a faded “Beware of Dog” sign on it.  Not your typical head office.  When I asked the office girls what the house was for, they told me that’s where Wally does his writing.  I find this very interesting – I’ve just started reading Michael Pollan’s “A Place of My Own” and he talks about the importance of having a place to call your own for manifesting creative activity such as writing, or art.  This old run down house is Wally’s place of his own, where he does his writing.  ..
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Harvest 2013

This year, harvest was pretty extreme.  The weather was like no other fall I’ve experienced, with poorly timed rains making it difficult to get anything done.  I remember when we first started, talking with my sister about how “oh yeah, we’ll be done in no time!  We should be finished by the end of this week!’ and we would have been, if it hadn’t rained and altered our plans.  As it was, harvest lasted a good two months this year.  For the first time, I lost the joy I always feel hopping in the tractor to connect with the land.  This fall, it became a chore.  I’m not trying to complain here, but it really was quite the time.  Harvest just went on, and on, and on, and ON.  Once the combining was finished up, there was field work to be done.  Not to mention the cows.  It felt like there was never ending work to be done.  But there is peace in winter and I’m so looking forward to the coming months. ..


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Alvin Scheresky

Daybreak Mill was started in 1964 by Alvin Scheresky, and at that time was called Scheresky Mill.  Alvin was a pioneer of the organic industry, and one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to soil nutrition and plant health.  He still grows a large garden where he continues to research and discover new organic methods of feeding the soil for optimal health. ..


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One of my inspirations

Ever had one of those moments where you’re just overwhelmed with love for another person?  These moments happen to me quite frequently, as I am blessed to have many amazing people in my life.  One of these amazing people is my father, Gene Davis.  He has been such an inspiration to me to take the path of organic farming, and without him I wouldn’t have been able to make the choice to do this.  Starting out as a farmer in this day and age is nearly impossible, with the cost of equipment, land, seed, and time spent working with the land.  If I had started out with nothing, and had to buy all of my own equipment I definitely would have gone broke and had to choose another path in life.  But I am lucky to have the support and help of my dad so that I can do something that I love. ..


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